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Franco's

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1227 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Italian
Franco’s boasts a colourful heritage and loyal client base thanks to its legendary relaxed style, friendly service and fantastic food thanks to Italian Chef, Stefano Turconi, who presents genuine, refined cooking, presented with a modern flare. Breakfast offers a continental or full English breakfast. Set lunch at £24 for two courses and £28 for three is popular as are the changing daily specials and varied lunch a la carte menu. Afternoon frequenters enjoy a cigar on one of the outside tables along with Afternoon Tea. For those going to the theatre, arrive from 5:30pm for the theatre menu priced at the same cost as the set lunch. The a la carte dinner menu offers something for all with salads, grilled meat and fish along with pastas.
Franco’s beautiful private dining room which can be split in two separate rooms accommodating 34 on one long table, 50 in the whole of the lower ground or 14 in the wine cellar.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1227 People Are Saying
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Said
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Authentic Italian.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and lovely service would definitely go again

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vipArifA
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good service, excellent wine list and delicious food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place - didn’t really want to put in too good a review otherwise it will be even harder to get a table
Food and service are outstanding as is the wine list

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All staff members been friendly and helpful , amazing food. My family came to visit me from Lithuania and we celebrated my birthday.

WN
vipWadeN
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and enthusiastic. Fantastic food and a must have is their signature dish of lobster pasta

TC
vipTC121
London
45 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant with an extensive menu and wine list. I met my friend at Franco's for dinner and we had a great time. I would always recommend this place for their professional, friendly staff and very good service. Thank you.

SM
SonalM
London
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not always easy to find an excellent Italian restaurant but this was fantastic - food was executed to a high standard. If you like Sartoria, you will love this more. Would recommend the buratta starter and the mushroom tagliatelle for mains. Will definitely be back again.

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really nice food, pleasant staff and good service we really enjoyed it.

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vipRicardodelvino
London
19 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a Monday evening. The impact of Coronavirus was hitting home. Central London was quiet and I was not hopeful of finding a a place to eat that would raise my spirits.

I decided to make a last minute search on O/T for somewhere in the nearby St James/Mayfair/Piccadilly area.

In my numerous visits to London and my shopping strolls long Jermyn St. I must have passed this place dozens of times without even taking a look at its menus.

Well let me tell you had a very pleasant surprise. A brief look on-line at the food menu and a closer look at the wine list together with a modest (i.e. not over-engineered) set of photos, including the restaurant's interior, were enough to stir me out into a chilly, dark March evening. I was hungry!

A wonderful welcome awaited me - the broad smiles and the cheery demeanour of its staff together with clear enthusiasm for their product were very apparent.

The food choices offered were varied and relatively sophisticated without undue pretence. The wine list was very well structured (i.e offering options in geography, appellation, grape varietal, vintage as well as quality and expense.) Something not always evident as a matter of course.

The food was beautifully prepared and presented and delightfully flavourful.

This was a serious restaurant trying to do its best on a dark March evening when the world's spirits (including mine) generally needed lifting. And I for one want to both thank all concerned for persevering and providing encouragement in addition to a very good product. What it displayed is true character in an increasing faceless and less self-reflective world at a time when it was needed.

Try it and see.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Service has lost its magic. Firstly they squeezed us on a sofa while much smaller groups later joined had bigger tables. Our table wasn’t for 5 and it was quite obvious!! they just improvised one more chair where it didn’t belong. When going to the toilets all the way down we struggle as they leave chairs around as obstacles. Manager stumbled into me rushing after toilet and said “sorry gents” and barely gave us a nice look or more than 1 sec of his time going back to chat out loud laughing in Italian with his colleagues. I felt terribly looked afire. What a shame, this location used to be so special

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Fabulous food and great service. Highly recommended . Seating is a bit tight esp for 4 persons and above

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent hospitality as always!

LB
LindaB
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really lovely lunch from the set menu. Food was delicious and very filling, couldn’t eat all of the dessert. The restaurant is very elegantly decorated and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Would definitely go again.

DB
DawnB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

great service, great ambience and great food. We had a lovely evening

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FatimaR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and value for money! Can’t wait to go again!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and fabulous food. Never fails to impress

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BolaA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What stands out the most about Franco’s is the service. Friendly, professional and efficient, I was really impressed. The food was delicious and I would highly recommended this restaurant.

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charlesw
London
7 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience but after tonight it seems Franco s 2020 is even better !!!

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Andrew
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for business breakfast meetings. Good food and pleasant ambiance.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It is Christmas time in London. A hugely busy time. We are visiting from the states and in recommendation of our friends we choose this restaurant to meet up and celebrate the holiday. We showed up 2 minutes past their procedural waiting time. The traffic and Friday night London congestion contributed. No one called to check our ETA. When we arrived the nature of the dismissive hostess and the smug manager was the biggest disappointment. They had to have sat our table within the 15 minute waiting period. They did not once try to accommodate or help us through this process. We were customers yet you would think not. We went down to the street to a fully booked restaurant and they made it possible for us to have a dinner. I will never ever recommend or suggest for someone to dine here. The attitude of the staff was a shame and does not at all have the culture of service.

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GeorginaR
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t comment value as my dad paid but it was great overall

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall5food4service1ambience2

Wait staff rude and inattentive.

SM
vipSamM
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I like Franco’s very much. The food is great. The service is also great. I always sit in the ground floor. This trip I was seating downstairs. It was a bit disappointing. I prefer the ground floor. We had pasta with truffle. Also venison. They were really good.

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vipSKIPPY
London
63 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The pasta with white truffles was great and although it
was white truffles at £ 80 the portion at this price was I felt still too steep !
My steak was super and appreciated the chef adding some white truffles as they had run out of veal chops which I added ! Overall a great meal but a bit steep !

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Mzabel
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Honestly, the food was fine, but you can get way better in London! Found a piece of metal in my food too so that didnt help.... not worth it ngl

TG
TerryG
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Franco’s is a very traditional Italian. We booked a table for a Saturday evening. When we arrived we were sat downstairs, unfortunately there was no atmosphere and not very busy. The food was nicely presented and the service was good, however as a dining experience there are many better Italian restaurants to choose from for the price.

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vipForeignfoodie
London
63 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was the second visit to Franco’s and probably the last. The food was mediocre if anything. Two of us soup that was nothing special and then both had the halibut as a main course which again was nothing special yet very expensive for what it was.
Service was haphazard with too many people waiting on us and led to confusion about what had already been ordered. I’d expect more from Franco’s.

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vipJochenL
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Excellent service. Food is mediocre at best.

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PaulT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food, wines and service and staff. Highly recommend this superb establishment.

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RowsonW
London
16 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Franco’s is always delivers on quality of food/wine, level of old style efficient service and ambience. A wee bit noisy but always busy. A ‘banker’ for a good business lunch if seated upstairs.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
9 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and good wine. Seating is a bit tight

GJ
vipGregJ
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We felt rushed and pushed through quickly. My spouse' swordfish was so/so

LG
LaGourmette
London
8 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The restaurant is well established and well-heeled mature clientele reflects that. The service is courteous and professional, food is good albeit unadventurous (this is not necessarily a bad thing). Price is on a steep side but expected for this type of St James eatery experience.

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DavidL
London
14 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As always a lovely meal in one of my favourite restaurants.

SM
vipSamM
London
8 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great. The staff are very helpful and friendly. You get positive feeling when you’re in the restaurant.

SK
vipSKIPPY
London
63 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Positive and friendly service as always!
The truffles pasta was superb as well as Veal Milanese was
great !

GH
GavinH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Afternoon meal , incredible 3 courses ...I was quite astounded at the presentation of the food as well as more than reasonable portion sizes which I think is becoming a issue at some places . Terrific value with utterly great service .. marvellous

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vipKiriakos
London
20 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No comments . One of the best old time values in London

PC
vipPhillipCo
London
81 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely place for dinner. Portion sizes a little on the small side but overall, delicious

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